The Pope and Spirituality

Last night, I viewed a very interesting movie on On Demand called Agora. It was based on the true story of the Roman Empire’s crumble and the commencement and great position of the Pope’s power. I always wondered, “How did the Pope gain so much power over the various people over all continents, moreso than any country’s ruler?” It showed how the Christian religion, among the Gentiles, became political and no longer spiritual as Jesus probably intended for his followers to be. It goes to show that the spiritual evolution of humanity eventually vibrates at a higher level as centuries pass.

http://www.youtube.com/v/bTZZHPR5kEo?fs=1&hl=en_US

Many say that we are regressing spiritually as a human race. However, I disagree. I think the continued many disastrous events will awaken us. I also strongly feel that the popularity of homosexuality is softening our race to a more feminine one. Men overall are getting in tune with their feminine energy which essentially is the closest energy to spirituality. And honestly, although I do strongly feel that homosexuality goes against nature’s laws or procreation, I will never condemn homosexuals. They have forced our society to take a closer look at our dominated masculine attitudes which have caused much oppression and depression amongst groups of people, such as against women.

At the beginning of this movie, Agora, the Pope declares that women stay quiet, never speak up, nor be in the presence of men when important things are being discussed. These were the words read to the illiterate masses via the scriptures “spoken” by Jesus “God”. Honestly, I don’t think Jesus would have ever preached for women to not have a presence in society nor to be the property of men.

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Difference Between the Soul and Spirit

The interchange of terms “Soul” and “Spirit” has caused much confusion and misuse in today’s society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a mystical point of view, the essential characteristic of soul vibrations is that it cannot be altered, changed nor destroyed. The soul is not subject to the constant changes in the material world.  For this, the soul cannot evolve into anything more or less than what it already is. To better understand this concept, let’s personify a battery as an example for the sake of the energy that it provides in mechanical action. The soul is like the ingredients that make up the “battery” and allow for life to exist. The spirit is the negative and positive magnetic forces that allow for the mechanical reaction to take shape and form. It is the Vital Life Force from which we are connected to God, and one might say “a part of God”. The soul permeates every single cell within our body equally without bias. The soul is neither good nor bad. Does “air” choose to enter my lungs versus your lungs? No. Air just flows. I am not referring to the physical handicaps that prevent air to flow improperly into, for example, cancerous lungs. The soul cannot evolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the consciousness that evolves by means of human experiences. ‘Sin’ is a result of our state of consciousness. The damage that we place on our earth is a result of our collective state of consciousness which can be considered as collective sin. ‘Consciousness’ just as in ‘thought’ is subjected to the material plane, and not at the frequency of the soul. The spirit operates in the material world. We cannot see ‘spirit’, but we can see its effects. Spirit is bound to the laws of matter.  And the vibrations of matter can be altered due to the constant modification of transformation within their internal structure and vibratory influences via the environment.  Change is the fundamental Universal law governing matter. For example, a plant’s vibration and growth is constantly being affected by its inner and outer environment. As complex as we are as dual creatures with a soul and material body, we are also subjected to these Universal laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our psychic centers have a direct link to our Vital Life Force. Some say those centers are the chakras – the invisible nervous-like system interpreting messages from our outer energy field. This psychic body acts as a messenger between the physical and soul bodies. Throughout the many ages, various religious institutions depicted this philosophy of duality via the icon of the trinity: the soul, psychic and physical body forming a triangle. Most disagree as to where the soul exists in the body. Christians believe its in the blood as in the blood of Christ and Holy Grail. Some theologians state that the soul exists in the head such as in the symbols of the halo around saint’s heads. Others claim that the soul exists in the heart as in some illustrations depicted by a sun in place of the heart. Some philosophical schools claim that the soul exists in the pituitary or thymus glands; whereas, others place the soul in the solar plexus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So if the soul can never be altered, one may ask then what is the purpose of the existence of the soul? I tend to subscribe to the philosophy of some of the great minds of all time such as Frances Bacon (Shakespeare), Einstein, Giordano Bruno, Copernican, amongst many others. The Cosmic reason for the existence of the soul is so that each person can reach perfection by the means of the spiritual essence animating him or her. The soul uses the physical body and all of its faculties to evolve in its interactions with the physical world. The collective soul of humanity uses the physical world in order to evolve toward its own ideal of perfection. Spiritual transformation of an individual (dual being) and over humanity takes place over a period of centuries or millennia such as boulders, diamonds, rocks, etc. The minerals making up the physical transformed objects do not change however, case in point, the mineral carbon.

From the most ancient times, it was known that the gradual evolution of our psychological behavior was based off the the cyclic renewal and regeneration. In general, the whole of our physical body entirely renews and regenerates itself every 7 years meaning that the cells you had in your body 7 years ago no longer exist in your body today.

Visit Tony Crisp’s website to read about each 7 year phase of man’s life.

http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/every-seven-years-you-change/

Almost every religion uses the mystical importance of the number 7. Christians have their 7 days of Creation, 7 seals, 7 Churches, amongst many others. Hinduism and Buddhism have their 7 rays of the sn of Buddha, 7 states of Nirvana, 7 heavens, amongst many others. Judaism revere the 7 years of construction of the Temple of Solomon, the 7 branches of the Sacred Menorah, amongst many others. And Islam have their 7 seas, 7 words of profession of Moslem faith, and so forth.

In my spiritual studies today, I was reminded to reflect on 7 ways to achieve consciousness as to elevate my spiritual self.

1) Be aware of my body so that I can quench its appetites.

2) Be aware of my emotions so that I can control my reactions.

3) Be aware of my intelligence so that I can reason.

4) Be aware of my will so that I can take that reasoning and put it to use.

5) Be aware of my intuition so that I can ‘hear’ my inner self and God.

6) Be aware of my spirituality so that eliminate any attachments to the material world.

7) Be aware of my life so that I can direct my Consciousness towards Spiritual Evolution.

Lost 16lbs due to BeePollen

It was April 2010 when I noticed a dramatic weight loss in my sister and all her close friends. That was when she made me aware of a natural nutritional supplement called BeePollen. Because my sister was never into nutrition nor into a holistic approach to living, I never paid attention.

Meanwhile, months went on and I noticed that my weight gain kept increasing ever since 2 years ago when a cyst was discovered in my ovary. Cysts in ovaries are known to interfere with hormone levels thus affecting the thyroid or metabolism. The weight gain went from 145 lbs to a whopping 167 lbs by August 2010. I had always been skinny. And to now feel completely inflamed and uncomfortable within my skin caused me great discomfort. I use to be a gym rat but due to my increasing work schedule, my workouts dwindled. However, the lack of exercise and consistent regular proportioned nutritious meals did not call for this incredible rapid weight gain. Due to lack of insurance at the current moment, I felt like something else besides surgery had to give! I upped the ante on supplements since last year, yet still no avail.

In July 2010, my hubby, Ricky, decided to do research on the BeePollen supplement that my sister mentioned. Check out his research paper on Dr. Ricky William’s Blog. He made me aware of how beneficial this particular supplement actually is. I immediately ordered a bottle of BeePollen from the same place my sister ordered: http://zixiutangbeepollen.com and began taking my supplements August 16, 2010. At first I didn’t notice a weight change. However, my appetite decreased immediately. Soon the constant bloating sensation dissipated. It was only until about a month later when I noticed rapid weight loss.

Today I weighed myself. 153 lbs. And I have not worked out one bit. I do not recommend anyone to stop working out. I merely mention it here to emphasize that exercise has not been a contributing factor to this weight loss. Also my menstruation has regulated increasingly. Due to the cyst, my cycle had been every 23 days. For the past couple of months while on BeePollen, it has been regulating increasingly. Just this past month it went to a 28 day cycle. Also ever since the occurrence of the cyst, I would practically hemorrhage for 2 days during my menstruation with incredible clotting. This past month for the first time since before the cyst, my menstruation was bearable. I did not have to restrict myself to the indoors nor take Advil to suppress the heavy flow. My sex drive has also increased. A total feeling of wellness that I welcome!

Now I know the cause of my health problems have not seceded. And I know I must take care of it by getting an operation, which I am working on, in regards to health insurance. But in the meantime and even afterwards, this BeePollen supplement has provided my body with the needed nutrition to counteract the side affects of the cyst. And did I mention that due to the incredible amounts of energy given by this BeePollen, I have accomplished more in the past 2 months than I did all year-long!

If you are reading this article, I implore you to spread the word to your friends and physicians.

Rewards for a Mother

Football season is here. And as everyone around me knows, I am on lockdown due to my son’s football schedule. It’s his fourth year in the PAL League, and I still yearn for that freedom from responsibility. The sacrifices, we, mother’s have to make is not directly nor immediately fruitful. Furthermore, my hat goes off to all the NBA, NFL moms.

But when I see my son excelling at the sport that consumes most of his time as well as mine, I get goosebumps of joy. At the FBU camp in June 2010, the college football coaches alerted me to start recording my son’s games. They stressed that by the end of the 7th grade, he should have a great football reel put together. High school coaches begin the recruiting process at this time. So I went to Best Buy. Dusted off the digital camera that I hadn’t used in years and got it fixed. I borrowed my son’s telescope’s tripod and began recording while experimenting with yardage positioning. Apparently, the best spot to record is at the 50 yard line up on the last bleacher and not on the field. It took me 3 weeks to figure out how to import video, edit the movie, edit the soundtrack (delete curses from non-edited tracks) and export to iDVD all using Garage Band, iMovie, iMovie HD and iDVD.

I implore other moms to take time out and record your children.

I have posted my son’s first football highlight reel on YouTube. Check it out <a href="

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Challenges: Single Mother Dealing with the Child’s Father

Many have told me to “fight, fight, fight” against my son’s father for him not spending enough time nor contributing financially to my son’s upbringing. In fact many say that he is just taking advantage of the fact that I won’t press the issue of him getting arrested for lack of child support. Why won’t I be more aggressive when clearly I need the help? The answer is in my devout faith in God.

It all started 12.5 years ago. I was pregnant and no longer in love with my son’s father. We lived together with a great lack of harmony. I joined a Christian church called the NY Church of Christ. My son’s father, which I will name Robert for the sake of his anonymity, began to challenge my need for peace by declaring that this church was a cult. I spent my Wednesday evenings at bible study and Sundays early days at Church service. I enjoyed the serenity I gained through my re-found connection with God and with those who were like me. I asked Robert to join me at one of the meetings so that then he could form his opinion. However, he refused. At the time, he was a very controlling man whom I think felt threatened by the fact that I sought things outside of our relationship. One day, he told me that if I allowed my bible study group to enter our apartment, that he would kick them out. This was the turning point of my conviction that he was just too far removed from God. I grew deeper in the Church and more distant from my relationship. At this point, I told Robert that we should not be intimate while living in the same house. That is when all hell turned loose. Little did he understand that I was already disconnected from him. I felt that in order for me to feel like he was spiritually on my page and not trying to overpower me, I needed him to join me where I was at spiritually. He was bringing me down, but God was preventing that from happening. God was saving me for the sake of my beautiful son.

By the time my son was 7 months, I broke up with him and begged for him to move out. At first he refused but then wanted to keep the apartment and car that was in my name. This is when I knew he truly did not have my best interest at heart. In my mind I was thinking “How dare this man want me and his son to go out in the street and look for another apartment!” Fortunate thing was that the building was owned by my mother’s boyfriend and the car lease was in my name. He was very vindictive afterwards towards me. After he moved out, he tried many maneuvers to make my life impossible from showing up in the morning while I dropped my son at the babysitter’s house and daily screaming in the street “You hoe!” to calling my job 100x calling me names. I had to put a restraining order on him because it got out of hand. The next step was to stop seeing his son. So I took him to court just to create a legal schedule where I did not have to see him. I granted joint custody thinking that everyman is entitled to joint rights to their children. My intentions were so pure and honest. Boy was that the biggest mistake! The court also asked me if I wanted child support and I said no. I didn’t want him for the money. I just wanted him to see his son. He could just pick up my son from babysitter and drop him off their as well. Well, soon then he stopped seeing my son altogether or would pick him up on my time without calling me nor returning my calls. I, of course out of fear, had to get the police involved for kidnapping, but then dropped the charges because I did not want to see my son’s father go to jail. What use would that do to my son.

After 3 years, I finally took him to court for child support. (Right now he owes $85,000 within the system.) At first the checks came in, then nothing. All throughout my son’s life, Robert would make excuses that he just didn’t have time or didn’t have money for my son. By the time my son reached around 5 years old, he launched a company in NYC so that he could hide from the New Jersey child support system. In order for there to be a warrant for his arrest, I would have to be aggressive and request one. (I find that this New Jersey system does not work well.) He currently still tries to hide from the system. Seems like Robert still hasn’t gotten his life together because he lived in a girlfriend’s apartment in Brooklyn for many years and now lives with another one’s apartment in Harlem.

People ask me why did I even have a child with such a man. Well, honestly when we were in college, he was a go getter. His plans were to go to law school. He even worked on Wall Street while going to college. I’m not sure what happened to him to cause him to change for the worse.

My son is 12 years old now and I find myself calling Robert to spend time with his son. I no longer spend my energy informing him of my son’s extra curricular activities. I just feel that after 12 years, it’s not my job to chase him to have a close relationship with my son. Occasionally, he will call my son and even spend some time with him. But its more like an uncle/nephew relationship. I try to place powerful and inspirational men around my son because one day my son expressed to me his disappointment in his dad. He no longer wants to converse with him nor spend time with him which is a sign that he has grown distant from his father. I have expressed this to Robert. But instead of taking this as constructive criticism and positively building upon it, he would bellow, “You don’t tell me what kind of relationship I have with my son! My son loves me! I have a GREAT relationship with him!” I just shake my head.

In 2007, I left corporate america because my son needed me more at home. My job was consuming me. I saw how not having a present father nor a mother at home was destroying my son. In 2008, I hit the worse financial crisis that I had ever been through due to the economy. I asked Robert if he could help but he refused. I asked him if he could buy us some food, but he constantly stated “I don’t have any money now, but maybe in a month.” I understood that I could never rely on him but only God and my family. I had to search for answers in my prayers and conversations with God. I had to give up fighting with Robert and just accept that he was not at the spiritual place of development that my son needed him to be. His warped reality of what a good father was could not be accelerated into a more realistic one. All I could do was to pray for his development. The answers soon came to me. I knew that he was reaping what he sowed. I knew that the amount of dedication he placed in his relationship with my son was going to be the amount of dedication that my son places in him when he gets older. That alone would be his punishment. I, however, could not take his lack of actions personal. If I spent my energy fighting, then it would ONLY bring me into a dark, heavy place. At the end of the day, I was the one who decided to have and bring forth my son. Furthermore, I had to be responsible and create a great life for him and not be dependent on someone else to create a better life for us. My mother raised me to stand strong on my own and that weakness came when you depended on others to make you stand strong.

So this brings me to express why after all this, I don’t take the defensive and aggressive stance with Robert. I already see how my son dislikes spending time with his father. He refuses to call his father back. When asked who he admires, he never places his dad on the list. I already see the karma being presented. And that alone allows me to step back. If his father decides to spend time with his son, I embrace it. I don’t fight those moments although my son fights with me because he rather be with me.

My prayer: I want to thank you God for giving me the strength to raise such a strong-minded boy. Thank you for surrounding me with such wonderful and powerful people. Thank you for giving me such a great support system in my friends and family. Now that my son is going through puberty, please I beg you to place substitute male role models in his life to guide him on the right path to manhood. I pray that my son’s father matures spiritually and realizes what is unfolding in my son’s lack of admiration for him. I pray that Robert has a change of heart and becomes that man who my son needs in his life. I pray that God brings me a wonderful husband one day very soon that can provide the stability and foundation that is lacking in my home now. I pray that my son can learn how a man and women and father should be through my future marriage so that to break the cycle that Robert has created. I pray that all my sacrifice and hard work in dedication to my son’s proper upbringing reap tremendous rewards for the greater good of humanity not just for our family. God I love you and I know that all this is happening with a greater purpose that you have planned for us. So I leave it in your hands.

To all single mothers: I implore you to look within yourself for the energy that is needed to raise a child on your own. It’s not easy. I still struggle financially and emotionally. But just remember my words here. If you can, try to keep your household positive. Sometimes by fighting, it can create such a negative atmosphere and dark energy within you. I am not saying to not take him to court. Fathers should support their children. But at the core, try to keep your energy and intentions positive. In the end, God will replenish all your sacrifices with great rewards. God so far has never let me fall. Deep inside, I feel that my great rewards are coming. I love you sisters. Let’s stay positive together. In that positivity we will only attract positive things.

Devotion on Silence

Today’s devotion is about Silence.

Its been a good two weeks or more since I have not meditated nor completed my devotional studies. I feel as if I have fallen off the spiritual path because certain destructive qualities that have crept into my life such as stress, sadness, anxiety and fear of negative possible outcomes in my relationship with my son and my boyfriend. I have intended to get back on my devotional studies but would allow myself to get sidetracked.

In silence we speak truths. It allows me to separate myself from the clatter of negative thoughts. It allows me to hear and see things from God’s perspective in a wholesome way. I start by asking questions about why am I feeling a certain way. The answers begin to stream in as if God personally were answering my questions.

For the past weeks, I have been very busy with work, spending time with my boyfriend and son independently and on free time chattering away on Twitter. I have found that noise clatter in my life has blocked my connection with myself and with God. I found myself having feelings that I normally wouldn’t otherwise such as the stress, sadness, anxiety and fear of negative possible outcomes in my relationship with my son and my boyfriend. I have become more tired needing more sleep.

From today moving forward I will make a commitment to spend less time on Twitter and more time meditating by either writing in this journal or practicing breathing exercises. Sometimes I wish I had more people around me that I could fellowship with and whom could share devotional stories with me instead of me always sharing my stories with those I care about. Today my great friend Neida was there to hold my hand and lead me through some scriptures. But I know I can’t focus on others and I have to just give my stories lovingly because through me God speaks via my triumphs and tribulations.

Today’s spiritual scripture:

Psalm 40: 1-8

“1 I waited patiently for the LORD;he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.

7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll.

8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.””

Striving to Make Spiritual Progress

During my devotional time, I try to learn about other spiritual healers that have accomplished incredible work in the past as well as study those who are doing amazing things for present day people. I don’t limit myself in studying just the ways of Christian healers, but of overall, God’s selected healers on earth. God speaks to all of us in different regions of the world in many ways.

Although my foundation is Christian, I don’t let the name limit the embrace and love I have for humanity nor of people from different religious beliefs. I embrace ALL and respect all. I study other people’s cultures, history, philosophy, theology and mannerisms. Its fascinating to see how much we all have in common. The language barrier among our races is just a reflection of the destruction and confusion in the Babylonian biblical story. However, I do feel that we are evolving into a more united species with the conception of the airplane and internet. I have hopes that one day we will all speak one language and have no color/race barrier among our people.

Today in my devotional studies, I learned of a woman called Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582) who wrote some amazing journals in her 20s. Two of her famous works are Interior Castle and Pilgrim’s Progress. In most of her literary works, she mostly speaks of the spiritual journey one must go through attended by obstacles and joys using illuminated allegory. In her writings, she cautions us not to fight temptations but rather “gently begin a time of prayer and recollection”. She states that little by little will prayer become a habit if we practice it consistently.

Teresa of Ávila’s writings overall reflect the scripture Titus 3:1-8 which states:

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

If I never experienced temptation, I would not have appreciated the greatness and goodness of God. The best way I can describe my theory on this matter is this: In order to know what love is, you must experience hate. Opposites in this world are needed in order to be able to fully experience God’s creation. This is the philosophical theory of duality.

There are five ways that we can keep ourselves in check from temptation everyday by using reason, faith, memory, will and understanding. Reason turns us away from sin because it allows us to analyze the cause and effect of our actions. It helps us to keep in check using the concept of karma. Faith turns us away from sin because it is the innermost feeling and belief that God will provide for us exactly what we need to learn and experience here on earth. Memory turns us away from sin because it allows us to retain those past experiences and learned lessons. It allows us to appreciate the good moments of life when we have been in tune with God. The Will keeps us from sin because it gives room for hope and change. And Understanding keeps us away from sin because it allows us to keep our spirit in sync with God and other human beings instead of making us feel separate.